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The FLAG OF JAINISM has five colours: orange or red, yellow, white, green and black or dark blue. These five colours represent the _ Pañca-Parameṣṭhi _ (five supreme beings). It also represents the five main vows , small as well as great.

CONTENTS

* 1 Overview

* 1.1 Colours * 1.2 Swastika * 1.3 Three Dots * 1.4 Siddhashila Chakra

* 2 Photo gallery * 3 References * 4 See also

OVERVIEW

COLOURS

These five colours represent the " Pañca-Parameṣṭhi " and the five vows, small as well as great:

* White - represents the arihants , souls who have conquered all passions (anger, attachments, aversion) and have attained omniscience and eternal bliss through self-realization. It also denotes peace or _ahimsa _ (nonviolence). * Red - represents the siddha , souls that have attained salvation and truth. It also denotes truthfulness (_satya_). * Yellow - represents the acharya the Masters of Adepts. The colour also stands for non-stealing (_achaurya_). * Green - represents the upadhyaya (adepts), those who teach scriptures to monks. It also signifies chastity (_brahmacharya _). * Dark blue or black - represents the sadhus and sadhvis or monks and nuns. It also signifies non-possession .

It is also believed that the complexion of all the 24 Tirthankaras was of one of these 5 colours. For instance, Chandraprabha and Pushpadanta were white, Munisuvrata and Neminatha were blue or dark colour, Padmaprabha and Vasupujya were red, Mallinatha and Pārśva were green, while the remaining were golden or yellowish.

SWASTIKA

The swastika in the centre of the flag represents the four states of existence of soul. The four stages may be:

* heaven-beings or deities * human beings * animal/birds/insects/plants * hell beings

It represents that the soul can embody any of these forms, owing to karma, which may escalate it to higher-level forms such as heavenly beings, or degrade it to lower-level forms such as lesser animals or hell beings. The purpose of soul is to liberate itself from these four stages and be arihants or Siddha eventually.

THREE DOTS

The three dots above the swastika represent the _ Ratnatraya _ (three jewels) of Jainism :

* _Samyak Darshana_ - "Right Faith" or "Right Vision" * _Samyak Gyana_ - "Right Knowledge" * _Samyak Charita_ - "Right Conduct"

These are part of the Jainist paradigm by which _jīva _ (living souls) seek to rid themselves of _karma _ and the cycle of rebirth, _saṃsāra _, which it develops.

SIDDHASHILA CHAKRA

The curve above the three dots denotes Siddhashila , a place in the highest realms of Universe, composed of pure energy. It is above hell, earth, or heaven. It is the place where souls that have attained salvation, for instance, Arihants and Siddhas reside eternally with supreme bliss.

Respect for Jain Flag is respect for Pañca-Parameṣṭhi (Supreme Five). According to Jainism, respect for _Pañca-Parameṣṭhi_ abiding the _Ratnatraya_ (Three Jewels) destroys the sorrow of the four states of existence and finally guides one to the sweet home of infinite bliss (Siddhashila).

PHOTO GALLERY

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Flag atop the Gingee Jain temple, Gingee , Villupuram district , Tamil Nadu, India *

Flag atop the Shri Mahavirji temple , Rajasthan, India *

Flag in front of the Mel Sithamur Jain Muth , Gingee , Villupuram district , Tamil Nadu, India

REFERENCES

* ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Jain, Vijay K. (2012). _Acharya Amritchandra\'s Purushartha Siddhyupaya_. Vikalp Printers. p. iv. ISBN 81-903639-4-8 . _ This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain ._

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